Announcement: 2011 Limitless Possibility Grant Recipient (and 1/2 Price Program Opportunity)

[In honor of this year's recipient (and to bring the donation up to a nice round number), we're proud to offer a one-time opportunity.  The first college campus to send an e-mail to Matt@PhiredUp.com requesting a women's-specific program for its students (consider a Social Excellence program to empower women's leaders, or a Dynamic Recruitment for Sororities program) will get the program for 1/2 price AND 100% of the payment will go directly to Circle of Sisterhood (1/2 price program = $1,875). E-mail must include a commitment to booking the program and proposed dates, and must be received by 12/1/11.  Go! ]

circle_of_sisterhood1Phired Up Productions is proud to award its 2011 Limitless Possibility Grant to The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation. Circle of Sisterhood is a powerful exemplification of Social Excellence in action, and Phired Up is honored to make a $10,000 donation to the organization, which will be formally presented at this year’s Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Annual Meeting.

The mission of Circle of Sisterhood states that the organization “will leverage the collective wisdom and influence of sorority women to support entities around the world that remove educational barriers for girls and women, uplifting them from poverty and oppression.”

Just as the new book about Social Excellence from Phired Up teaches: Handshakes lead to conversations. Conversations lead to relationships.  Relationships lead to collaboration.  Collaboration leads to organization.  Organizations change the world. The founder of Circle of Sisterhood, Ginny Carroll, has demonstrated that progression of handshakes changing the world through her work creating Circle of Sisterhood.

From the website: “Founder, Ginny Carroll was inspired to create the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation because she is a strong proponent of the sorority experience and is well aware that the sorority movement came forth out of oppression. She was also motivated by a November 2009 Oprah interview with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of the book Half the Sky, who shared their first-hand accounts from visits to poor countries across the globe where women are subjected to violence and oppression solely because of their gender.

“Ginny realized, as a college educated woman, that she had a responsibility to do something to help girls and women around the world get an education and she knew that she could not do it alone – that as just one person, her impact would be insignificant. But she was well-acquainted with a very large community of college educated women she knew would help – sorority women.”

Ginny Carroll is an icon in the fraternity/sorority world, and is someone the Phired Up staff has looked up to for a long time.  She embodies Social Excellence with her ability to connect with young students and experienced professionals alike — with her warm smile and fantastic conversation skills, with her understanding of the power of deep relationships, and with her recognition that sororities (like all organizations) can make a meaningful impact on society if they choose to focus their energies there.  Ginny and the other amazing Circle of Sisterhood leaders are putting in real work (not just talk) to challenge collegiate Greek organizations to matter to the world.  This is what Phired Up means when we teach Social Excellence — look to Ginny and Circle of Sisterhood as an example of how Social Excellence is done!

When Phired Up launched its Limitless Possibility Grant in 2010, the company’s President said, “We believe that organizations can change the world.  We believe they can do that in innovative ways.  Phired Up wants to teach the groups we work with about the power of creatively investing in causes you believe in,” Matt Mattson continued, “Launching our Limitless Possibility Grant is an exciting demonstration of those beliefs in action.”

The Limitless Possibility Grant from Phired Up is a one-time annual gift given to a cause the Phired Up’s employees choose.  The first ever recipient (2010) was Kiva.org.